July 18th, 2018

Coal history focus of park

By Mabell, Dave on February 12, 2018.

Dave Mabell

Lethbridge Herald


Although the city’s beginnings are tied to coal mining, there is little commemoration of that industry in Lethbridge.

But soon, work could begin on an interpretive park on the site of one of the city’s once-bustling mines.

Lethbridge residents are being invited to view conceptual drawings of the proposed facility, designed to incorporate some of the foundations of the former Galt No. 6 mine in Hardieville. Oldtimers with stories about those times are also being urged to attend, at the new school in the adjacent Legacy Ridge neighbourhood on Tuesday.

Perry Neufeld, regional manager for Melcor Developments, says the company will build the park as Legacy Ridge nears completion. Once it’s open, he predicts, it will serve as a destination park.

“We think it will really become kind of a regional draw.”

City council has designated the three-acre site as a civic historic resource, he notes.

Melcor has been working with the Lethbridge Historical Association and the Galt Museum on the park’s plans, he adds, as well as with the city parks department.

With so much mining in the Lethbridge region’s history, he says, “We want to know how best to tell the story. We want to see that it’s commemorated appropriately.”

Historical Association members will be on hand at the information session to hear longtime residents’ stories, Neufeld says – whether they’re about Hardieville, the Galt No. 6 or other local mines.

“We’d like to hear about them.”

The public session is set for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, at St. Teresa of Calcutta School, 253 Mildred Dobbs Blvd. N.

Neufeld says Legacy Ridge, the first large northside development since Uplands, saw its first homes rise in 2005. Now only a small area at the north end of Melcor’s land remains to be developed.

“This park will probably be part of our next phase,” he says.

Construction should be underway in 2019.

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